The Latest: Cuomo calls for investigation of federal jail
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the lack of heat and electricity at a federal detention center in New York City (all times local):
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the federal Department of Justice to investigate the circumstances around inmates going without heat and electricity at a federal detention center in New York City.
Cuomo, a Democrat, says “these allegations are a violation of human decency and dignity” and “raise questions of potential violations of law.”
Inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn have been living without power for the past week.
The Bureau of Prisons says work to fix the situation is expected to be completed by Monday. The agency insisted that inmates had hot water for showers and sinks, and were getting medications as needed.
Some demonstrators protesting the lack of heat and electricity at a federal detention center in New York City attempted to get into the facility, and witnesses say guards pushed them back and sprayed them with an unknown stinging substance.
A reporter and photographer for The Associated Press were at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on Sunday when a woman whose son is being detained tried to get into the jail.
She was followed by activists and media.
Witnesses say officers used significant force to push the people out, with some of those attempting to come in falling to the ground.
The jail administration did not return an email seeking comment. Officials say power is expected back on Monday.